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Old 06-03-2010, 09:31 AM
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Before my first trip out this spring I went to a local fly shop that had just opened. Being that I am pretty much a novice at fly fishing and my father-in-law was coming for a visit, I wanted there opinion on a location as well as some fly/nymph recommendations. After having a great conversation with the guys there I finally asked him to give me some of his best flies that he had. He gave me a very nice wooly bugger and two BH prince. I was very impressed. Great quality! Then he told me the price. The wooly bugger was 3.50! I thought, "Its only a #14, howmuch material does it take?"
However, I swallowed my pride and tried to hide my surprise that was so obviously written on my face. I told myself, "this is what real fly-fisherman use."
After a whole day on the river without much success, with fatigue and hunger setting in, I saw what I thought was the perfect spot just across the river. I tossed my line and, lo-and-behold..........a perfect snag. Too much throttle pedal. My 3.50 wooly bugger stuck across the river, in a piece of driftwood just on the bank.
Took me half an hour with my father-in-law waiting, but finally i found a place to get across the river and retrieve my prized wooly bugger.
So goes my adventure with my first expensive fly.
I thought it was funny.
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I probably would consider learning to tie my own at those prices............. Geeze, a size 14 bugger, who ever thought of that? I don't use 3.50 worth of materials on a nice salmon fly so............
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Yeah tell me about it........After I bought it I found out that he didnt even tie it. It was from a buddy of his out west somewhere.
THe guys that owned the shop were great to talk to, I learned a lot. And their prices on other stuff including the BH Princes i bought were pretty reasonable, but he sure was proud of his buggers.......or his buddies buggers, or something........
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It has been pointed out to me that I should consider a 12 Step Recovery Program for my addiction to Fly Tying...

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I knew a tier once, and I see it here. One time he was holding a lump of cat hair he found on his couch, sort of twirling it about his fingers, tugging at it. I asked, what in the hell are you doing man? He looked startled, ashamed. But I knew what he was thinking.
I started laughing, and I hate to admit it, but I am just as bad. I have done it with the dogs hair. I think it is a more common form of illness than many of us would like to admit.
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I started laughing, and I hate to admit it, but I am just as bad. I have done it with the dogs hair. I think it is a more common form of illness than many of us would like to admit.
Being that my wife is a dog/cat groomer I have been holding off from getting in to tying for that simple fact. I can see myself pilfering through her planner to see what dogs she has scheduled and what I could do with the various textures and colors. Although I would have an extremely broad and endless supply.
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